I first became aware of this photo on Sunday, when all the tips about the weekend riots in Paris and Marseille started coming in. I have yet to see a news story about it in English, although Geenstijl reported on it in Dutch, and has a larger version of the photo here.
The crowd in the picture is reportedly part of last Saturday’s riot in Paris, and the man in the foreground seems to be holding a machete. Unfortunately, the resolution of the photo is so poor that it’s hard to tell for sure.
If you look closely, the outline of his leg seems to be visible through the blade, as if he were carrying a light saber rather than a machete. Or does the blurring effect just make the machete seem translucent?
If any of our French readers know more about this story, feel please free to leave details in the comments.
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